Posted by The Editorial Desk / Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
According to WTOP, there has been a significant increase in the popularity of raw milk. For those who may not be aware, raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized yet.
While the Food and Drug Administration states that there are harmful risks associated with drinking raw milk, those who support raw milk see it differently. The supporters believe that it can help cure digestive tract conditions, tastes better, is a great alternative to breast milk (for any mothers who can’t breast feed), and is overall, much healthier. This is because farmers who sell their cows generally have a small amount of cows. This means more attention to given to each cow, they are hand milked, and no hormones are added. Raw milk supporters also believe that the process of pasteurization kills most of the nutrients in fresh milk.
Since it is illegal in Virginia to sell raw milk, so instead, some farmers are selling cows in order to get around the law in a perfectly legal way. A farmer buys a cow and then sells a certain amount of “cow shares.” A cow share is about $35 a month plus additional fees. This will guarantee the buyer one gallon of milk per week.
I have personally never had raw milk before, but I’d love to try it at least once. The way people describe it, it sounds so rich and buttery.
- Mai Nguyen